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instantiate (third-person singular simple present instantiates, present participle instantiating, simple past and past participle instantiated)
- (transitive) To represent (a concept, theme, or principle) by an instance. [from 20th c.]
- To see and test the result of one's CSS for any particular HTML element, one must instantiate that element in a document.
- 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin, published 2003, page 195:
- In the eighteenth century, this was instantiated in writings which developed the view that ‘savages’ exhibited more virtue and moral nobility than their conquerors.
- (transitive, object-oriented programming) To create an object (an instance) of a specific class. [from 20th c.]
- To instantiate a class, we call its constructor.
to represent by a concrete instance
to create an object of a specific class